For a more targeted search, you have a number of criteria you can specify: age, location, and education, body type, ethnicity, lifestyle choices (smoking, drinking, etc.), marital status, whether they have kids, religious views, even their star sign.

How to Communicate with Other Members South African Cupid’s basic messaging system is easy to use, with a number of different options for communicating.

You are required to fill out your information such as your age, gender, who you are looking for, etc. Fill in some information such as your favorite color and places you might want to visit in the future.

To send messages to or read messages from fellow Standard members, you’ll have to upgrade to Gold or Platinum.

Unique Site Features A unique feature of South African Cupid is the option verify your profile.

If you do end up going straight to browsing with an incomplete profile, every once in a while you’ll have to answer a couple more questions to continue with what you were doing.

How to Locate Potential Matches When browsing matches, you have four display options for the profiles: photos only, photos with basic information, photos with basic information and a short blurb about them, full profile.

Due to its history, South Africa is known as a “Rainbow Nation.” Having lived in South Africa as an expat, I can tell you that you will find beautiful black people, white people, Indian people, and coloured people.

And while South Africa definitely can’t compete with Brazil when it comes to beautiful people, you might be able to find some diamonds in the rough, especially in the big cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, and Pretoria where the hotties tend to hang out.

Without further ado, here is the quick list of the top five dating sites in South Africa. A buddy of mine told me about a website called Afro Introductions, so I signed up for a subscription and used it with a lot of success during the year that I lived in Johannesburg.

I also used their popular Brazilian-based site, Brazilcupid.com, when I was in Brazil.

A unique feature of this site that makes it different than other dating sites are Reverse Matches and Mutual Matches.